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What the ?*******? is doing this?

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 18:09

Squirrels have not hibernated in years, in fact they never really did - they would just lie low during the worst of the weather then pop up again like the proverbial bad penny.  What has seemed odd to me during this rampage is that I've not seen the squirrel in question, whereas I usually do see them whatever havoc they are trying to wreak!  Thy'v done a coulee more pots but none as badly as the first two or three - lets hope the rage has passed over!

Rather poorly dragon palm

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:46

Hm, that is indeed a very sick plant.  Possibly it has been overwatered while it was struggling, but what made it struggle in the first place.  If you had it 9ish years you know all about drainage and so on - wonder if there is something in the pot chewing roots?  Unlikely I know as you have just repotted it.  Maybe just overall shock from repotting and water.  I'd be inclined to cut it off as Phillipa says, and put it in a slightly more shaded place and wait - you have got nothing to lose as it cannot really go on like that, poor thing. 

What the ?*******? is doing this?

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 18:40

You have all been so kind, and indeed I am coming round to the idea of the rogue squirrel, even though it hasn't happened before like this.  Thanks for the kind words, they do help!  I've emptied the worst damaged pots, and will refill with something lovely - with fine wire netting over them, interspersed with cuttings from the pyracantha and see what that does to the rogues ego.

No deer in the area, and no peacocks - that would at least be unusual enough to be interesting. 

Knowing my co-ordination if I used an air rifle, I'd probably hit the neighbours!  Not for me, but thank you.

Any more ideas welcome. 

What the ?*******? is doing this?

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 15:38

I've gardened here for 20 years, nearly, and lived in armed warfare with squirrels most of that time.  Thus I know well what kind of thing they do and much as I'd like to blame them for everything - I don't honestly believe this is them.

Several pots of bulbs, well up and coming into flower, hyacinths, scilla, chinodoxia etc., have had every leaf pulled from them, & the bulbs virtually hollowed out. Daffodil flowers have been removed from stems and placed in another pot nearby - uneaten.  I've never in more years of gardening seen damage quite like this.  The only new thing we have in an overabundance of magpies - could it be them?  We have the odd mouse and rat just like everyone else, but nothing new.  The pots are large ones, most of them, and the damage done is incredibly severe - really nothing left at all.  Then, to top it off, my white camellia, which was full of flowers, has had every flower taken off since yesterday afternoon, and the remains scattered in other pots around the area - anyone one with any ideas?

There is limited access to the garden, only from the front of the house, there are no back access points for humans, tho' of course any animal can get in if it chooses. We have foxes around, always have had, and I'm delighted to say the owls are in full cry - everything just as usual except this damage.  Ideas, please?

Hepaticas - can they thrive in a stone sink?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:47

Hepaticas really don't like clay in any shape or form.  Mine live on a gritty raised area where they spread gently about, with very, very good drainage - more grit than soil.  They won't mind being rained on, but will object very much indeed to wet feet.  

Project - overgrown garden

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:45

Slowly by slowly by slowly! It's still too early and too wet to do alot but wait - there maybe wonderful things in there waiting to delight you.Big dandelions and such can be pulled out if you can reach them without standing on wet soil, if not, try and dead head when they set clocks.  Otherwise, wait for nature to do her thing,  she will, then you can lend her a hand.  Once the ground is dry you can begin to see what you have got, it sounds as if the garden has been loved at some time so it is worth having the patience.  You can cut back brambles if you have some, again wait till the soil is dryer and does not compact under your feet.  Hopefully you will have the garden for a long time, so rushing in now will not really gain you alot. 

ID please

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:39

Give it time, as the new greener leaves come through, you can remove the mottled ones if you like.  Important to use ericaceous compost and feed for skimmia.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:37

Hard frost here in Nottingham area, but bright and sunny - nice if you stay indoors!

Old Sunflower Seeds

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 15:36

Sow them, what have you got to lose?  I've grown excellent plants from very old seeds, some do indeed deteriorate, but most go on for ages - Nature wastes little.

Finally, I have made a decision ...

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 20:00

Don't even try - you'll spoil the experience!   We went a few years ago, it was one of the best shows ever - do enjoy to the fullest.  Maybe take cash and nit a credit card? That can help re too much spending - but maybe we don't want to be helped really!!

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